Furness College will help bridge the gap between education and employment with a series of events to mark National Careers Week (NCW) running from 2nd-7th of March.
The college will host a variety of speakers and offer career-focused workshops to students on both Channelside and Rating Lane campuses to ensure the students put the spotlight on their own futures.
Experts from the Ministry of Defence and the Submarine Delivery Agency will visit to talk to students about progression into apprenticeships. They will be providing a broad overview of the type of areas in which students could obtain positions including; Project Management; Project Controls; Commercial; Finance; HR; Corporate Services; Engineering; Logistics; Information Management & IT.
College Alumni Louisa Warner and Rebecca Tudor who went onto study Occupational Therapy and are now both employed by the NHS will be delivering an interactive session to Health and Social Care students at both campuses. They will highlight the skills, attributes and qualifications required for this rewarding opportunity and emphasise the demand for this role locally and nationally.
The college’s Student Services team will also be working with Hello Future, which is an organisation based at the Channelside campus that supports young people to reach their career aspirations, to look at the latest Labour Market Information and find out the jobs that are in high demand in this area.
Sarah Carter, Student Services Manager and Careers Leader for Furness College, said by getting involved in National Careers Week the college will help develop and improve learners’ employability skills.
“National Careers Week offers our students the perfect chance to gain a better understanding of the world of work and the opportunities available to them. As part of this we will host a range of events to support students including offering advice and guidance on how to write a job-winning CV and running mock interviews for students who are unsure of how to perform in an interview scenario.”
“It is vitally important that we are able to guide and educate our students on their future career paths and National Careers Week offers us a platform to do so. We have Personal Progress Coaches who help our students throughout the year with their career choices and help set them targets and goals to aim for, to get into their desired field of work.”
The social media hashtag for the week will be #BridgeTheGap and Furness College, which is the county’s largest training and skills provider, is already helping to #BridgeTheGap as 96 per cent of students go onto a positive destination after study.
Sarah added that Cumbria was a hotbed of opportunities for careers and apprenticeships and Furness College had 350 new apprentices starting at the beginning of this academic year.
The college will post regularly about events and opportunities we are offering each day of National Careers Week using the hashtags #NCW2020 #BridgeTheGap.
NATIONAL CAREERS WEEK – CASE STUDY: Joel Harrison, IT Apprentice at Siemens PLC.
Furness College partners with many apprenticeship providers so that the apprentices can have access to the state-of-the-art facilities and expert teaching offered here at Furness College.
Joel Harrison is undergoing his apprenticeship with Siemens PLC while studying at Furness College’s Channelside Campus and his career aim is to be a software developer.
He said: “It’s a common misconception that an apprenticeship has to be done straight out of secondary school or college! I chose my apprenticeship because of the opportunity to improve my knowledge while working and earning. I enjoy having the freedom to explore lots of different areas of work in IT and I have already developed my programming skills and interaction with end users. My career goal is to work in software development.”
Photo caption: Furness College is providing a range of workshops and advice events to help students focus on their future as part of National Careers Week 2020.